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Friday, 03 June 2011 09:03

Grassy Lake's Chamberlain School awarded $1,000 for top-notch Provincial Initiative

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The sixth annual Nutrition Innovation Awards recognized administrators of Chamberlain School in Grassy Lake for their commitment to improving the health of their school through helping educate students to make healthier eating choices. It was chosen as one of the five winners from over 30 schools that applied.


 
“We’re really proud of the creativity Chamberlain showcased when developing healthy eating initiatives,” Jaclyn Chute explained, a Nutrition Educator with Alberta Milk, “They are able to make eating healthy fun for students.”
 
The school did an overhaul on the presence of unhealthy food and replaced them with items like milk, fresh fruit and granola bars. In addition, they introduced a breakfast program that includes all four groups that helps students eat well and learn about new foods. Furthermore, education has played a vital part of their healthy transition by introducing resources to help teach nutrition; as well information is also shared in their monthly newsletter.
 
In addition to the $1,000 to put towards their healthy initiative, the school also received a certificate and a crystal trophy in recognition of the whole school’s efforts to improve the health of students and staff.
 
Alberta Milk and its partners established the Nutrition Innovation Awards to address the growing waistlines of Canadian youth. According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 15 years. Additionally, the most recent research from the Canadian Community Health Survey showed that children are not eating enough fruit, vegetables or milk products. By changing youth eating habits from high fat, high sugar foods to a more nutritious diet is how this program intends to battle the obesity epidemic.
 
The Nutrition Innovation Awards for Alberta schools is a partnership between Alberta Milk, Breakfast for Learning Alberta, Dietitians of Canada and Ever Active Schools. More information about the awards can be found at http://moreaboutmilk.com/innovation.aspx. We hope to see you at Chamberlain School on June 8 at 2 p.m. The school is located on Highway 877, Grassy Lake, Alberta.

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